When it comes to American English pronunciation, one common problem is the letter A.
Why is the letter A so problematic? Well….
When you are speaking American English, the letter A has three sounds; /ae/ as in black, /ey/ as in grey and /ə/ as in mustard.
In my work teaching the American accent to international professionals, I’ve found that many people confuse the three sounds of A when they speak English.
Here are a few examples:
Pronounce these words with /ey/ as in grey
Pronounce these words with /ae/ as in black
An unstressed A will often have a schwa vowel sound
I use a visual tool called the Color Vowel Chart to teach these sounds.
You can read more about vowels in American English by clicking on the links below. The O means closed for comments.
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